Actors Bandô Takesaburô I ? as ??, Onoe Kikujirô II as Chaya musume Oume (R), Nakayama Ichizô I? as Author Segawa Kisaragi, Bandô Hikosaburô IV as Author ? (C) and Iwai Kumesaburô III as Actor Tamazawa Rinya, Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Nakahataraki (L)
通人☆舎<1>坂東竹三郎ヵ、茶屋娘お梅<2>尾上菊次郎 作者瀬川如皐<1>中山市蔵ヵ、作者津打半左衛門<4>坂東彦三郎 俳優玉沢林弥<3>岩井粂三郎、中はたらき米吉<4>市川小団次
Vertical ôban triptych; 35.6 x 74.1 cm (14 x 29 3/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
An imaginary street scene featuring actors who appeared at the Nakamura theater in 1851.
Kôchôrô Toyokuni ga (on right and left sheets), Ichiyôsai Toyokuni ga (on center sheet)
Censors' seals: Kinugasa, Murata, shita-uri
No blockcutter's mark
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)
 Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection